Application Process, Tuition & Financial Aid: Master of Fine Arts in Dance

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 You may apply for fall entry to the MFA Dance program using our online application system. The deadline to apply is January 1.

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Applications submitted after January 1 will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please submit your application early to ensure it will be reviewed before the program has reached capacity. 

Before submitting your application you’ll need to have:

  • Details of your education history, including schools and dates attended
  • A copy of your transcripts 
  • A 1-2 page CV detailing your educational, professional and dance-related experiences
  • The names and contact details of two people who can provide a letter of reference
  • A personal statement
  • A written response to the supplemental dance essay question
  • Video samples of your creative work
  • TOEFL results (for international applicants)

You can find detailed guidance on these application requirements below.

Application Requirements

Academic Qualifications

Applicants must have received a Bachelor of Arts or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university. Previous college work is expected to be at 3.0 or higher and should reflect advanced course study. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required for admission.

Transcripts

Official transcripts are not required in order to apply to Sarah Lawrence College. However, if an applicant is admitted and accepts the offer of admission, an official transcript from each undergraduate and graduate institution attended will be required prior to enrollment in the graduate program.

Unofficial transcripts for application purposes should be submitted to us via a scanned upload in the Academics section of the application. Official transcripts for enrollment purposes can be sent to us via your institution's electronic transcript delivery or mailed to us from each undergraduate and graduate institution. Our mailing address is as follows:

Graduate Admission
Sarah Lawrence College
1 Mead Way
Bronxville, NY, 10708

If your transcript is from a university where English is not the primary language of instruction, you must provide a translated copy of your transcript from a service such as WES or AACRAO. All grades must be converted to the US 4.0 GPA scale.

Please note: An "unofficial" transcript is a document that has been opened and examined by the student or printed from an institution's website before being submitted to Sarah Lawrence College. Any transcript that you upload to your application is considered "unofficial."

An "official" transcript is a document that has been prepared, authenticated, and sealed by the Registrar at your college or university. To be considered official, a transcript must be mailed, unopened, to our office or sent to us electronically directly from the institution.

Curriculum Vitae

Your one- to two-page curriculum vitae should accurately reflect your completed educational background and your professional and dance-related experiences to date.

Recommendations

Applicants will be asked to submit the names of two recommenders with their online application. Applicants should ask people who can give an informed opinion of intellectual ability for sustained academic effort.

If an applicant is unable to contact former teachers, we welcome letters from others, such as employers, who can make similar assessments. Preferably, one of those should be from a person in your field of interest.

Note: Please inform your recommenders that they will be receiving an e-mail from Sarah Lawrence College indicating that they have been asked to recommend you, and that the letter may be submitted electronically through a secure site.

Personal Statement

Please tell us about your interest in pursuing an MFA in Dance and Sarah Lawrence College and how your background, your dance training and your current practice figure into your life as a whole. (1000 words)

Supplemental Dance Essay

Please discuss a dance performance or critical work on dance that you found compelling (500 words)

Video Work Samples

Video work samples of your creative work, as well as your work as a performer, are required with your application. Please provide samples that best represent your creative work in dance created within the last five years, as well as a sample of your work as a performer, either in your own work or the work of another artist. 

Video documentation from performance or rehearsal is acceptable. If you are editing your work samples, continuous edits (i.e. moving between different points of view) are accepted, but edits to different points in time in a piece are not recommended. Please do not submit promotional reels. Each sample should be no longer than five minutes in length and no less than two minutes. If you are submitting a longer sample, please provide specific cue points for reviewers.

For each work in your work sample, you will be asked to identify:

  • Title of the work
  • Name of choreographer or originating artist (if not self)
  • Name(s) of performers
  • Location and date of performance
  • Length of sample as well as length of full work
  • In the case of an ensemble work in support of your work as a performer, identify yourself (i.e. I am the dancer 2nd from the left in the blue pants and red top, etc.).

TOEFL Results (for International Applicants)

Individuals whose native language is not English must include official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Information concerning TOEFL may be obtained by writing: TOEFL, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ 08541. Request that the results are sent to Sarah Lawrence College, ETS code 2810. For more information: www.ets.org/toefl.

For students who have limited access to taking the TOEFL, Sarah Lawrence College will accept the IETLS as an equivalent examination.

Application Fee

A nonrefundable application fee of $60 must be submitted; upon completion of the application, online payment will become available.

Payments may also be made by check or money order to Sarah Lawrence College, and submitted via mail.

Please note: All materials submitted become property of Sarah Lawrence College and cannot be returned. This application and all the materials shall not be disclosed to any person not concerned with the professional development of the student.

Selection Process

After initial review of applications, a select number of candidates will be invited to campus for a visit and an interview with faculty. At that time, you will be asked to perform a live short solo of your own choreography, three to five minutes in length. 

Please note that incomplete applications cannot be guaranteed to be reviewed for fall admission. Applicants should monitor the completion of their application in the application portal.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Visit the Graduate Financial Aid site for a basic outline of graduate tuition, costs, and financial aid.

For more information, please contact Graduate Admissions, or Roberta Daskin, Associate Director of Financial Aid.